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The Parent & Teen Toolbox Podcast


EP 00 – About The Parent Toolbox Podcast

This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.

Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

Recent Episodes

Ep 17 – Is Your Child Under Achieving

In this episode, I discuss the difference between Under-Achieving and Not Performing. I explain why, more often than not – your child’s lack of interest in their studies and schoolwork is more a result of Fear rather than Laziness.

EP 16 – Why Your Teenager Needs Boundaries

In this episode, I discuss the importance of sticking to your guns and having healthy boundaries for your child to adhere to. Boundaries are often be greeted by teenagers with repeated objections – but our children do indeed thrive when there are clearly defined parameters to live by  (just like motorists adhering to the Highway Code) – without specific rules, family life would be chaotic.

EP 15 – The Importance of Sleep

In this episode, I talk about the importance of sleep. How teenagers have a different sleep cycle than parents and why it’s important for us to adjust to this.

EP 14 – How to Create a Brighter Future

In this episode, I talk about the importance of taking responsibility and planning your own future. It might feel as though the future looks dreary – but only if you let it!

EP 13 – How to Talk to your Child about Racism

There is so much unrest at the moment following the death of George Floyd – a black man who died from asphyxiation whilst in police custody because a white police officer knelt on his neck for 9 minutes.

EP 12 – How to Communicate with an Uncommunicative Teen

In this episode, I talk about how to communicate with a teenager who doesn’t really want to talk to you.
When teenagers are in the home – communication suddenly takes on a different form!

EP 11 – Your Teen Knows Best

In this episode I explain why it’s important to stop Managing your Teenager and start Mentoring them.
Teenagers’ brains are under construction – and with this comes chaos and overwhelm.

EP 10 – 5 Tips to Beat Negative Thinking

In this episode, I give you 5 techniques that will help you to start to think more positively. The media is spewing out so much negativity, which if unchecked can really affect our mental wellbeing.

EP 09 – 12 Tips to Combat Sibling Rivalry

In this episode, I am giving you some pointers on how to Combat Sibling Rivalry.
You’ll never be able to stop the quarrels and the arguments between the kids – and nor should you.

EP 08 – Managing Your Anxiety Levels

We find ourselves in strange times at the minute. Parenting is very different. Globally, many countries are in lockdown, in a bid to ‘Beat The Coronavirus’.

EP 07 – Finding a Work-Life Balance

In this episode, I am providing pointers for those parents who are needing to work from home.Globally, many countries are in lockdown, in a bid to ‘Beat The Coronavirus’.

EP 06 – The 10 Golden Rules of Parenting ( Part 2 )

There is always a positive intention. We will see the world differently.  The magic of small things.  There is no such thing as failure.  Our three basic needs within the family.

EP 05 – The 10 Golden Rules of Parenting ( Part 1 )

The old ways of thinking have to go. With change come opportunities. What do you focus on you attract?  Suspend your critical mind.  You cannot change another person.

EP 04 – Looking After You

If you aren’t prioritising yourself – how can you look after your nearest and dearest when the going gets tough? If you are running on empty, you will start feeling the struggle.

EP 03 – COVID 19 – Supporting an Elderly Relative

In this episode, I discuss some of the practicalities that might help you and your loved ones cope with the coronavirus disruptions. Parenting teenagers and younger children have their own challenges – and now, to some extent, you might feel you are having to parent the older generation as well.

EP 02 – COVID 19 – How to Talk to Your Child About the Coronavirus

I have decided to start this podcast with a COVID-19 Series where I support parents throughout this time. This episode helps you if you are struggling with your child and need to reassure them during this pandemic.

EP 01 – COVID-19 – Living under the Same Roof as your Teenager

This episode helps you if you are raising teenagers. Here, I offer you support and suggestions, helping you to cope with family life at home.
Living in such close proximity with our teenagers; and with the current restrictions offering little respite, it can indeed be a strain for all us!

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